Loch Lomond’s latest LP, Little Me Will Start a Storm, mixes indie pop harmonies with awesome instruments such as the mandolin and the theremin, giving it an irresistibly unique sound. If you are a fan of chamber-pop, this album will certainly be of interest to you. Each track has a different feel to it, utilizing different types of vocals, instruments, and sound effects to create a sound all their own. One song may seem like a fairly basic indie-pop track, while the next will sound more like a psychedelic trip through outer space.
“Blue Lead Fences” has a seemingly Asian-inspired instrumental back drop, with alt rock lead vocals and light female backup vocals serving as the perfect complement. In this track, we hear the title when he sings “Little Me Will Start a Storm,” and suddenly it becomes clear that this song (and, perhaps, this whole album) is a call to action to live up your youth. This, especially, is notable in the line “It feels good to be young.”
The second track, “Elephants & Little Girls,” is easily my favorite and the standout track on the album. It is a light and beautifully melodic lullaby, complete with fairy tale instrumentals. Similarly, “I Love Me” presents a beautiful vocal display showcasing their talents, on a light acoustic background that takes care to not tread on the vocals. Meanwhile, “Blood Bank” changes it up a bit with a more folksy vibe, including great vocals and some of their trademark chamber-pop instrumentals.
If you haven’t heard enough uniqueness yet, make sure to check out “Earth Has Moved Again”, which starts out with slower, lighter vocals and trance-inducing instrumentals. Certainly, if you listen past the three-minute mark, you’ll hear a combination of trance-electronic beats, far out space sounds, and what may or may not sound like whale calls. Odd? Maybe. Interesting? Definitely. The last half of the song is complete with pretty trippy instrumentals.
Loch Lomond certainly expresses a varied talent with a very unique sound. They seem to have found the perfect blend of folk, synth pop, chamber music, and indie rock in order to make a sound all their own and an LP that certainly showcases it. Hopefully in the future they will present us with an even more varied array of upbeat grooves mixed with fantasy lullabies.
You can catch them on tour this September.